The Third Long-Duration Team
Of astronauts launched by SpaceX to the International Space Station (ISS) for NASA safely departed the orbiting outpost early on Thursday
The SpaceX Crew Dragon Capsule
Carrying three U.S. NASA astronauts and a German astronaut from the European Space Agency undocked from the ISS at 1:20 a.m. ED
Live Video Showing The Capsule
Drifting away from the station as the two vehicles soared high over Australia was shown on a NASA webcast.
Wearing Helmeted White-And-Black
Spacesuits, the four astronauts were seen strapped into the crew cabin shortly before the spacecraft separated from the space station
A Series Of Several Brief Rocket
Thrusts then autonomously pushed the capsule safely clear of the ISS and lowered its orbit to line up the spacecraft for later atmospheric re-entry and splashdown.
If All Goes Smoothly
The Crew Dragon craft, dubbed Endurance, will parachute into the sea off the coast of Florida at 12:43 a.m. EDT on Friday